Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1955, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in direction, and is fully surrounded by grass banks and grandstands, providing excellent viewing for the hundreds of thousands of fanatical spectators who are drawn to the most prestigious event in Dutch motorsport every year. A huge favourite with riders, Assen is well known for its festive and extravagant atmosphere.
In 1999 the circuit was modified with a new grandstand, control tower, press centre and renovated boxes. Modifications to the Assen circuit over the winter of 2005/6 saw the length of the championship’s longest serving track cut from over 6km down to 4.555km/2.83miles.
|Pole Position||1m 32.627s (176.5km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Lap||1m 33.617s (174.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Time||40m 54.037s (173.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|2017 Race Winner||Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)|
Marc Marquez took a crucial third place at TT Assen that, along with Viñales’s DNF today, reduced his gap from the top of an incredibly close Championship classification to just 11 points, despite currently being in fourth place behind Dovizioso, Viñales and Rossi. Changing weather played a tricky role again… read more.
Qualifying day at the Dutch TT dawned wet as expected, with all of the day’s sessions affected by rain to greater or lesser extents. Marc Marquez set the third fastest time in FP3 on a wet track and the seventh fastest in FP4 in mixed conditions before attaining a very… read more.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa set the third- and 10th-fastest lap times during the cloudy yet almost totally dry opening day of the Dutch TT. With weather forecasts showing a high chance of rain for tomorrow, Marc and Dani tried several Michelin tyres and worked on their bike setup before… read more.
The Repsol Honda Team is ready to return to action for two back-to-back races, the TT Assen on 25 June and the German GP on 2 July, which will be followed by a four-week summer break. Approaching the TT Assen, the World Championship standings see Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in… read more.
Marc Marquez’s brilliant and very important second-place finish in one of the trickiest races in recent years was enhanced by the amazing debut win of Honda satellite rider Jack Miller, who perfectly mastered the second part of the Dutch TT. The lottery that is a MotoGP race run in such… read more.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa experienced a demanding Saturday at Assen today, leading to mixed results for the Repsol Honda riders. The weather conditions were typical of the Netherlands, variable and quickly changing, but Marc was able to positively deal with both the dry FP3 session, finishing in second position,… read more.
There were mixed feelings for the Repsol Honda men on a cloudy-but-dry opening day of the Dutch TT in Assen, with Marc Marquez finishing in a close third position, while Dani Pedrosa ended up 11th. In the morning, each of the teammates spent the whole session on just one set of tyres,… read more.
After achieving a double podium finish in Catalunya a fortnight ago, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Assen, Netherlands, a circuit with such a long motorcycling tradition that it has earned the nickname “The Cathedral.” Though its main straight is just 560m long, Assen still boasts one of… read more.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have experienced another strange race weekend in Assen at the Dutch TT. Qualifying 3rd and 4th on the grid for today’s 26 lap race, both riders showed strong pace throughout the practice sessions. However, in this morning’s warmup session, Dani suffered a high… read more.
Qualifying for the Assen TT was an incredibly tough battle with the top seven riders separated by just 0.4 seconds. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez secured a front row start in third place for tomorrow’s 26 lap race after recording his fastest time of 1’32.886 on his final lap of eight.… read more.
Fresh from his podium finish in Catalunya, Dani was immediately fast out of the box in this morning’s FP1 session – which he led for the majority – ending up third fastest with his time of 1’34.570 (lap 19/19). Dani did an exhaust comparison today and worked on various setups… read more.
After mixed fortunes in Catalunya, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Assen, Netherlands. The longest-running event on the MotoGP calendar, the Dutch TT in Assen is always held on the last Saturday in June in a carnival atmosphere that attracts raceday crowds of more than 100,000. Assen’s foundations… read more.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his eighth win from eight races, continuing his flawless run in 2014, and has become the youngest rider to win eight successive premier class races (21 years 131 days), taking the record from Mike Hailwood (24 years and 71 days) who won the eighth… read more.
After yesterday’s unfamiliar dry conditions in Assen, today the unpredictable Dutch weather arrived. Fortunately both Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, recorded a time yesterday to promote them into this afternoon’s Q2 as this morning’s FP3 session the track wasn’t fully wet – or dry – and neither… read more.
It’s been a positive first day at the Assen TT for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. This morning on a ‘green’ track, the riders were placed 4th and 8th respectively, but as the temperatures and track improved in the afternoon, they found their rhythm in FP2. Marc finished… read more.
After their seventh win in-a-row, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Assen, Netherlands in peak form. The longest-running event on the MotoGP calendar, the Dutch TT in Assen is always held on the last Saturday in June in a carnival atmosphere that attracts raceday crowds of more than… read more.